One of St. Paul’s largest residential neighborhoods, the North End was developed in the 1870s and 1880s south of Maryland Avenue. Here Victorian-era homes were built on narrow lots. The northern portion of the North End was developed after the 1920s. Homes from the 1950s and apartment buildings line Wheelock Parkway. The neighborhood’s primary thoroughfare, Rice Street, is a bustling commercial corridor. The North End also boasts a large open-air market called Hmongtown, as well as such tradition-rich businesses as Tschida Bakery and Conny’s Creamy Cone.
The neighborhood has many public and private schools, as well as a public library and numerous recreation centers. The Cass Gilbert-designed Minnesota State Capitol Building rises along the neighborhood’s southern edge. Oakland Cemetery, the city’s oldest, includes a rich array of statuary as well as Hmong graves laser-etched with stories and portraiture. MaryDale Park has a fishing pond—Loeb Lake—surrounded by green space and picnic areas. The 18-mile Gateway Trail connecting St. Paul and Stillwater—a biking, walking and cross-country ski path through the woods—begins in the North End.